Top aides and advisers to Hillary Clinton were worried she lacked “that excitement thing,” which was becoming a “problem” on the campaign trail, according to emails published by WikiLeaks on Monday.
“That excitement thing you were worried about does seem to be a problem,” wrote Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden in an email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. “She does need to rev it up.”
Tanden was writing in response to press account of Hillary campaign events in South Carolina that made note of all the empty seats at her events. The May 2015 email exchange took place during the Democrat primary, when insurgent challenger Bernie Sanders was drawing large crowds and firing up young liberal voters.
Hillary’s inability to inspire young voters was a major reason why she struggled to win a decisive victory over Sanders in the Democratic primary. Younger voters have only recently started to come around to Hillary, but only by default. The protests at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia exposed rifts in the party that aren’t likely to go away any time soon.
Republican nominee Donald Trump has suggested that Hillary suffers from a lack of “stamina” and is physically unwell. Hillary recently lamented that her busy schedule in the final weeks of the campaign could force her to forgo crucial naps.
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